All Weekend

Embrace your inner Italian at Monterey's Festa Italia! This weekend, Monterey transforms into a mecca for all things marinara as this Italian Festival takes over Custom House Plaza. You won't be able to resist Italian favorites like calamari, pizza, pasta, paninis and rice balls. There will also be a parade, dancing and a bocce tournament. Friday-Sunday. 4 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free event. 

Festa Italia

See John Steinbeck’s iconic piece “Of Mice and Men” come alive this weekend at the Hartnell College Performing Arts Center. The musical version of this beloved story speaks to the condition of the homeless, powerless, and neglected in a manner that compels us to look again at their plight. Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 8pm. 411 Central Ave, Salinas. $26.

Friday

Kick off the weekend under the stars while enjoying live music, cocktails, small plates, and more at Jacks Monterey. There new, pet-friendly terrace features bistro lighting, fire pits, and comfortable seating. 6pm-9pm. 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Free event. 

Jacks Monterey

Saturday

The Ventana Wildlife Society celebrates International Vulture Awareness Day, with a peek into their special Condor exhibit, highlighting the species recovery and the Big Sur region. Enjoy program presentations, bird walks, youth activities, snacks/beverages, and sign up for one of two special condor tours offered. 9am-4pm. Discovery Center at Andrew Molera State Park, Big Sur. Free event. 

Head to sunny Carmel Valley for an outdoor Mindful Morning Yoga session at Earthbound Farms. 9am. 7250 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. $20.

Set your mind at ease today with the Monterey Bay Meditation Studio. This morning they head out to the Rip Van Winkle Open Space in Pacific Grove for an immersive “forest bathing” session. 10am-1pm. 1072 Congress Avenue, Pacific Grove. $25

Uncork your creativity and Paint with Dali17. Paint, canvas and brushes are provided as an experienced local artist leads you through the process of unleashing your inner Salvador Dali. 4pm. 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $35.

Support the Sunset Center tonight with a Hawaiian themed fundraiser and party. Enjoy island flavored small bites and drinks, hula dancing and live music from Paula Fuga. 6:30pm. San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $50-$150

Sunday

Discover and identify some of the animals and plants that call Asilomar State Beach’s tide pools "home" during a free educational event from California State Parks. 2pm-5pm. Meet at the tide pools located at the North end of Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove. Free event.